The Establishment: And how they get away with it

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Penguin UK, Sep 4, 2014 - Political Science - 384 pages

THE PHENOMENAL BESTSELLER

'Fantastic, timely, eye-opening' Armando Iannucci, New Statesman, Books of the Year
'Captures a collective sense of anger and awakening' Matt Haig, Observer, Books of the Year

Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. In exposing this shadowy and complex system that dominates our lives, Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our Establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City. Exposing the revolving doors that link these worlds, and the vested interests that bind them together, Jones shows how, in claiming to work on our behalf, the people at the top are doing precisely the opposite. In fact, they represent the biggest threat to our democracy today - and it is time they were challenged.

'A book of revelations ... The Establishment have stitched it up - stitched you up - and they know it' Danny Dorling, Times Higher Education Supplement

'A dissection of the profoundly and sickeningly corrupt state that is present-day Britain. He is a fine writer, and this is a truly necessary book' Philip Pullman

'Owen Jones is a phenomenon of our times' David Kynaston, The Times Literary Supplement

'You will be enlightened and angry' Irvine Welsh

 

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Enlightening. The book cover reviews said it would make me angry; not an experience I've had from a book before but the description was right - it did. The manner in which Jones draws together the ... Read full review

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How quickly things change in politics. Mr Jones' book was published in 2015 and researched in the years before that, when Jeremy Corbyn was never seriously mentioned as a political leader. Indeed he ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword to the Paperback Edition
Introduction
The Outriders
The Westminster Cartel
Mediaocracy
The Boys in Blue
Scrounging off the State
Tycoons and TaxDodgers
Masters of the Universe
The Illusion of Sovereignty
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Owen Jones was born in Sheffield, grew up in Stockport and studied history at Oxford. His first book, the international bestseller Chavs, was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and chosen as one of the New York Times top 10 non-fiction books of 2011. In 2013 he won Young Writer of the Year at the Political Book Awards. His second book was the bestselling The Establishment: and How They Get Away With It, an exposť of Britain's powerful elites. He is a columnist for the Guardian and a frequent broadcaster.

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